Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

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Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
Successful dressage rider

Dressage, holistic training

“Our motto is: “always for the horse”. Our approach is holistic and the way the horse is kept, fed, his state of mind, and good management all play a crucial part in the training of the horse”

The Werndl brother and sister duo run their successful dressage and training stable, Gut Aubenhausen, located in the Alpine foothills of Rosenheim. Formerly known as Lewitzer Pony Stud and run by their Aunty, this is where Jessica and Benjamin first started riding on little skewbald ponies. Benjamin Werndl’s first pony was a little mare named Lady and Jessica Werndl rode Little Girl. It was on this pony that Jessica was first “discovered”, when trainer Stefan Münch noticed how beautifully she sat on a horse. He then coached Jessica and Benjamin to Grand Prix level.

As junior and young riders both were very successful: Jessica Werndl, as she was then known, won six gold medals at European Championships and Benjamin Werndl collected three team gold medals and one individual silver as a young rider. Today Jessica and Benjamin are both part of the German Olympic squad.

“We want to ride motivated horses. The goal is to be able to explain how the horses can best use their bodies so the movements we want them to learn, is easy for them. It is therefore important to treat each horse as an individual, each horse has his own character and is put together differently. By focusing on the strengths of the horse we develop his weak points. Horses want to do the right thing, therefore when they do something wrong it is usually because they have not understood what we want. Then the rider needs to take a moment and ask themselves: maybe I didn’t explain it correctly?”

The best horse Jessica has is the stallion Unee BB. With him she came third at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2015 and in Göteborg in 2016. He was also responsible for the bronze medal with the German Team at the 2015 European Championships. In 2019 she established her new personal record in the CDI5* in München with a score of 85,440%. Benjamin’s top horses are Der Hit and Daily Mirror, with which he won two World cups in 2018 (Salzburg and Budapest).

You can read more about Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Benjamin Werndl on their website.

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